PMA Offers Photo IT Forum

I thought this was an interesting email from PMA.  So far there isn’t much up yet.  But any community focused around the needs of photographers and IT should be supported.

Frustrated with Your IT?
Slow connections. Error messages. Blue screen of death. We know, it’s enough to make you pull out whatever hair you have left.

Dedicated to the unique IT needs of PMA members, the Photo IT Forum provides answers to basic and in-depth IT questions digital imaging companies have on a day-to-day basis.

Industry IT experts and PMA IT staff are moderating daily, to help you resolve issues, build efficiencies, and strengthen your business.

Topics include:

  • In-House Networks (Servers, Storage, Redundancy, etc.)
  • Online-Offsite Networks (Third-Party Solutions, Out-of-House Solutions, etc.)
  • Creative Applications (Non-Print Products Services, Creative Photo Products, etc.)

It’s just one more way your PMA membership works for you!

Get Solutions from the Forum

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Suggested CamLynx Tethered Shooter WorkFlow

Suggested CamLynx Tethered Shooter WorkFlow

Camera Settings:

  • Auto Rotation MUST be turned off
  • Sleep Mode MUST be turned off
  • Recommend using A/C power – NOT batteries
  • Adjust your files size and quality to the smallest image that will produce an acceptable print at the largest size you offer.  (A jpg that is approximately 1MB will provide an acceptable 10×13 or smaller print and will save transfer times on the computer.)  Disclaimer: TEST for your own standards.

Computer Settings:

  • No Screen Savers
  • No Power Saving Mode
  • No Hibernation
  • Power by A/C – Not batteries

Suggested CamLynx Settings:

Be sure that the top search field in CamLynx is selected as the field that has the barcode data (Usually Record Number or Student ID).

Always Have Selected:
Imaging->Save RAW Photos
Imaging->Backup RAW Photos
Data->Enable Sequence Numbering

To print ID cards or Proofs on site:
Print->Auto Print

To Enter Packages Automatically:

Data->Packages->Auto Package Entry

To Automatically Select the images, instead of manually clicking on them & pressing save (F7) to clear the Hot Folder:

Imaging->Enable Proofing Mode
With this set, when you scan, it will automatically save the images and go to the next record.

Screen Shoots for Preferences (FOR REFERENCE ONLY – You may have specific changes for your environment, but they should be close)

Click on image for a larger view.


Before shoot:

  • Import Data
  • Create Barcoded Camera Cards
  • Create templates for IDs and/or proofs
  • Be sure to test all equipment that will be used at the shoot, including barcode scanners, printers, and cameras AS IF THIS WAS A REAL SHOOT.

Set up at shoot:

  • Connect Barcode Scanner
  • Connect Camera
    • Start Camera’s Software Interface (Nikon Capture, Cannon DSLR Remote, Fuji Hyper Utility, Olympus Studio etc).
    • Test to make sure the camera is connected and working
    • Calibrate Camera for White Balance and Exposure
  • Connect Printer if necessary
    • Test printer
  • Start CamLynx
  • DO A COMPLETE TEST RUN EACH MORNING TO MAKE SURE THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER.

Photographing:

  • Distribute Barcode to Student
  • Student to Approach Camera with Barcode In Hand
  • Press F3 in CamLynx to focus on Search Field in CamLynx
  • Photographer to Scan Barcode Card
  • If Auto-Package Entry is Selected the package entry menu will appear
    • Enter in package(s) Press OK
  • Take Image(s) of student
    • If Proofing Mode is Enabled: Repeat
    • If Proofing Mode is not Enabled, Select your images while holding the ctrl key, choose F7 to save them, then repeat

At the end of the job, always be sure to export.  Goto Export->Export for ImageMatch.

Wireless tether for under $50.00

Here is a DYI Wireless tethering solution for less than $50.00. It should work well for any camera that offers a wired tethered solution, including Canon, Nikon, and Sony.  The author states it doesn’t work for Olympus.

I’ll turn it over to Pete to ramble on about it…

Another set of Awkward Pictures

Yeah, I know, this is my third link to Awkward Photo Sites.  This one isn’t even that great… but, I put it here as it is specifically centered around High School Portraits.  Maybe use it as a ‘What Not To Do” when training new photographers…

http://www.guidespot.com/guides/awesome_portaits_glamour_shots

64 Bit solution for ImageMatch, ProServices, RipLynx, & Procomposites

Please do not use this update for CamLynx, PDI, or SIS.

This update is for ImageMatch, ProServices, RipLynx, and Procomposites.  This update will work on a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows.

Since we are already in the school season, please update a test machine first, before applying the update to all of your computers. Check to make sure that this update does not effect your workflow.

If everything is currently working well as-is, there is no need to update.  This update does fix some minor green screen issues.  It is also the first update that will work with 64 bit Windows.

For first time install, request a demo from the PhotoLynx website, or call 760-782-9000 and request a link.

If already installed, update to this:
http://www.photolynx.com/downloads/updates_hotfixes/pl.hotfix.2009-08-17.3780.offline.exe

The Inexpensive $33.99 Barcode Scanners Are Back!!!!

From Geeks.com:

Barcode Scanner

Barcode Scanner

As you requested, I’m writing to let you know that our Product ID BCSCANNER-USB, a USB Handheld CCD Barcode Scanner, which was previously out of stock, is now available!

If you’re still interested in this product, please visit http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BCSCANNER-USB and click the green “Buy it Now!” button to place the product in your shopping cart.

Supplies are limited– I urge you to order quickly so you don’t miss out!

Not As Inexpensive Barcode Scanners

Looks like Geeks.com sold out of he $33.99 barcode scanners.  I can’t find them from any other place that I trust for that price.  So, the next best price for scanners I can find is $75.99.  If you’re patient, Geeks.com will probably get the cheap ones back, but if you need a barcode scanner now go here.

Costco Netbook for CamLynx

A customer called today while at Costco looking at Netbooks.  He found an Acer Netbook that had a screen resoltion of 1366 x 768.   He said the Costco Price was $300.00.  I went online and found one from Costco for $349.00.  If you’re looking for a new computer for CamLynx, her is another choice!

Inexpensive Barcode Scanners

Here is a great source for an inexpensive barcode scanner that works great with CamLynx or Imagamatch.  It’s only $33.99 plus shipping.